[ ]   [ ]   [ ]                        [ ]      [ ]   [ ]
Neil Young — Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Album: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Avg rating:
7.5

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1637









Released: 1969
Length: 2:24
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I think I'd like to go
Back home
And take it easy
There's a woman that
I'd like to get to know
Living there

Everybody seems to wonder
What it's like down here
I gotta get away
From this day-to-day
Running around
Everybody knows
This is nowhere

Everybody, everybody knows
Everybody knows

Every time I think about
Back home
It's cool and breezy
I wish that I could be there
Right now
Just passing time

Everybody seems to wonder
What it's like down here
I gotta get away
From this day-to-day
Running around
Everybody knows
This is nowhere

Everybody, everybody knows
Everybody knows
Comments (176)add comment
Neil young is my number one . Any time. Anywhere.
 jasko wrote:
Is that Jack Russel on album cover?
 
it's Jack brother "Fred"
Is that Jack Russel on album cover?
 NickDanger wrote:
How can you be in two places at once when you're not anywhere at all?
 

Nick Danger, Third Eye- we need you now more than ever!
This whole album is full of aural goodness.
Takes me back to my roots.
 hschlossberg wrote:
Reminds me of the Grateful Dead, and not in a good way. 
 

NO ONE LIKES YOU
 LowPhreak wrote:

It is meaningless when you're perpetuating even more gratuitous wars and needless carnage (Obama) than your far right-wing, "Ah'm a WAR Presnit!" predecessor.

Then a couple years after getting the Nobel, you stand at a podium and say, "We tortured a few folks."

Yes, it's meaningless.
 

You don't get retroactively evaluated for a Nobel. 

The Nobel Prize was for being a black man elected as the leader of an incorrigibly racist country.  One that is even worse in this regard now.  That and the fact that at the time he was fighting to give health care to all Americans (whether or not you believe in the result).  

Those achievements were unlocked at the ballot box in 2008, in part because of his war presnit predecessor, and in his first year in office.  Hence the award at that time.
Reminds me of the Grateful Dead, and not in a good way. 
 heyho wrote:
30 years and timeless...
 
50 years and still timeless... A true classic
 nagsheadlocal wrote: Yup.  Still works when you're 68 and staggering back from work at the end of the day.

This came out when I was in college - and I sang it often while staggering back from downtown.

It's a GREAT song for such situations. 
 

 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
The harmonies grate on my ears . . .
 
This song is great on my ears, too!
The harmonies grate on my ears - they are like a comedy record.
Timeless !The godfather of grunge...
Never get tired of Neil, especially this song.  Thanks RP for playing.
As an ex hi- fi professional, given the right equipment 192 kbs Ogg Vorbis is quite stunning. I listen to it via a Bluesound Node 2, Audiolab MDAC and Hifiman HE 400i headphones which as a system is very revealing. At no time have I felt I was missing anything at all. In fact I can say the same about 256 kbs AAC files too. Higher bitrates etc might be very sublty more detailed etc but frankly the law of diminishing returns applies. I have tried the higher bitrate streaming services and just keep coming back to RP not least for the suberb varied and high quality music. It really does not get any better!
Transatlanticism.
 justin4kick wrote:

I wonder if Neil is ok with the fact that this song is being played at 192k quality or even lower. I understand from interviews that he is so disappointed with the sound quality that streaming services offer that he removed almost all of his songs from Spotify.I deeply regret that and I really don't understand. After all the "trashy garage sound" is his more or less his trademark. So what is he aiming for? To promote this Pono-thing? I can hardly believe this.

 
Neil is, uh, confused on this point. Excellent overview here: https://xiph.org/~xiphmont/demo/neil-young.html
 justin4kick wrote:
I wonder if Neil is ok with the fact that this song is being played at 192k quality or even lower. I understand from interviews that he is so disappointed with the sound quality that streaming services offer that he removed almost all of his songs from Spotify.I deeply regret that and I really don't understand. After all the "trashy garage sound" is his more or less his trademark. So what is he aiming for? To promote this Pono-thing? I can hardly believe this.
 
Despite my comments below, I think you make a valid point. Having read his lengthy biography I know that he was never after high fidelity in the recording studio, particularly in his early recordings, so it does seem a bit odd that he is now concerned about improving on mp3 technology. In the end, if Pono sounds better than the mp3 alternatives, then I guess the inspiration behind it is moot. At least people have a choice now.
 Fiji5555 wrote:
Neil Young's Pono is nowhere {#Roflol}

 
I wonder if Neil is ok with the fact that this song is being played at 192k quality or even lower. I understand from interviews that he is so disappointed with the sound quality that streaming services offer that he removed almost all of his songs from Spotify.I deeply regret that and I really don't understand. After all the "trashy garage sound" is his more or less his trademark. So what is he aiming for? To promote this Pono-thing? I can hardly believe this.
 casey1024 wrote:
Its about the music.  I happen to like this song.  lalalalalalala

 
Good second effort, that first LP was good, too. I've said it before Neil is my hero!!     {#Clap}
 Fiji5555 wrote:
Neil Young's Pono is nowhere
 
I guess people would rather listen to crap mp3s than quality.
McDonalds sells lots of hamburgers, if you know what I mean.
love Neil Young usually, but not this song.
Neil Young's Pono is nowhere {#Roflol}
 Lacapella wrote:

Me too, me too

 
and meeee!
 Giselle62 wrote:
i'm not gonna pretend i don't love this guy—-just give it a 10.
 
Me too, me too
i'm not gonna pretend i don't love this guy---just give it a 10.
Its about the music.  I happen to like this song.  lalalalalalala
 MiracleDrug wrote:
and being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize is meaningless as well too I suppose...

 
It is meaningless when you're perpetuating even more gratuitous wars and needless carnage (Obama) than your far right-wing, "Ah'm a WAR Presnit!" predecessor.

Then a couple years after getting the Nobel, you stand at a podium and say, "We tortured a few folks."

Yes, it's meaningless.
This brings me way back to my teens..I was fascinated with the stereo separation Neil utilized.  
 unclehud wrote:
Used to sing this SO loudly at age 15 in our little town of 2,000.  Now I wish I could live somewhere smack dab in the middle of nowhere.

 
I used to live in the middle of Nowhere (as an adult.)  I'm very happy I no longer do, but then again I grew up in big cities and am used to the anonymity of crowds.
 ScottN wrote:
Vastly over-rated, imho.

 
One of the greatest of all time, just saying...
Vastly over-rated, imho.
 LPCity wrote:
I probably wrote this before, but when I was in college living at home for the summer, I used to write "Everybody knows this is nowhere" for my return address on letters that I would write to my friends.

Guess that tells everybody how old I am.

Love this song by the way.

 
That's funny! And cool...
 unclehud wrote:
Used to sing this SO loudly at age 15 in our little town of 2,000.  Now I wish I could live somewhere smack dab in the middle of nowhere.

 
This came out when I was in college - and I sang it often while staggering back from downtown.

It's a GREAT song for such situations. 
Used to sing this SO loudly at age 15 in our little town of 2,000.  Now I wish I could live somewhere smack dab in the middle of nowhere.
Absolutely one of the best songs to sing if you've had a few beers.

Or a bunch of beers, for that matter. 
yEA, Everybody knows, somebody tell the people who know but say otherwise.  Neil and Patti on tour, finally a reason to take pain killers for the aches and get on out to the extra large enclosed multi purpose facility which changes names every few years.  WOOO HOOO!
i refuse to talk about U2 on this page.

oh man, rebecca's voice over cut off the end of the song.....for shame!  this happened earlier today on a mark knopfler cut.


 Ears_of_Stone wrote:
What the heck happened on this comment page?
 

facts.
What the heck happened on this comment page?
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Ah, so adorable. Now go put on your Bono pyjamas, it's past your bedtime.
 

nice retort...
piquant yet condescending...
 MiracleDrug wrote:
SIX Grammys for Chris all in the SAME YEAR...
a TAD different than DECADES of acclaim
by their peers
and their industry
and their fans
and the general public
of the WORLD
and being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize is meaningless as well too I suppose...
 
Ah, so adorable. Now go put on your Bono pyjamas, it's past your bedtime.


 Proclivities wrote:

Grammy Awards are absolutely meaningless.  Do you remember a talentless hack named Christopher Cross?  He probably won about ten Grammy Awards.  What about Milli Vanilli?  You are probably not old enough to remember those "legends", among many other travesties.  The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, and The Clash have never won any Grammeys.  The Beatles only won one during their time.  I like Neil Young and I like U2, but it's pointless to compare them.

 

SIX Grammys for Chris all in the SAME YEAR...

a TAD different than DECADES of acclaim

by their peers

and their industry

and their fans

and the general public

of the WORLD

and being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize is meaningless as well too I suppose...


 max_redonx wrote:

Too bad their 'music' is complete shyte. All of it!   Seriously they are the most overrated band in the history of music.  
 

in your opinion...

facts seem to point elsewhere...
 MiracleDrug wrote:


Let's review:

U2 has been awarded 22 Grammys (more than ANY rock artist EVER), been culturally relevant worldwide for DECADES, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, and The Edge's Music Rising which have helped COUNTLESS people.

The most visable member Bono has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was granted an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II was named as a Person of the Year by Time, among other awards and nominations.

 

 
Too bad their 'music' is complete shyte. All of it!   Seriously they are the most overrated band in the history of music.  
 Proclivities wrote:
Grammy Awards are absolutely meaningless.  Do you remember a talentless hack named Christopher Cross?  He probably won about ten Grammy Awards.  What about Milli Vanilli?  You are probably not old enough to remember those "legends", among many other travesties.  The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, and The Clash have never won any Grammys.  The Beatles only won one during their time.  I like Neil Young and I like U2, but it's pointless to compare them.
 
{#Yes} What Proclivities said.

 MiracleDrug wrote:


Let's review:

U2 has been awarded 22 Grammys (more than ANY rock artist EVER), been culturally relevant worldwide for DECADES, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, and The Edge's Music Rising which have helped COUNTLESS people.

The most visable member Bono has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was granted an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II was named as a Person of the Year by Time,among other awards and nominations.

 
Neil Young is a decent songwriter, semi-famous Canadian (a LOT more famous in Canada) with TWO Grammys and overall a WHINY sounding singer with an "old soul"...

yeah.

right.

Bill should play TWENTY U2 songs after this...
 
Grammy Awards are absolutely meaningless.  Do you remember a talentless hack named Christopher Cross?  He probably won about ten Grammy Awards.  What about Milli Vanilli?  You are probably not old enough to remember those "legends", among many other travesties.  The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, and The Clash have never won any Grammys.  The Beatles only won one during their time.  I like Neil Young and I like U2, but it's pointless to compare them.


 redmachine wrote:
Thank f*** there are people like Neil to light the way.
A real old soul.
hope U2 arn't played after this, although that would show the two extremes. Beauty, truth and soul over corporate false pompous shit.
 

Let's review:

U2 has been awarded 22 Grammys (more than ANY rock artist EVER), been culturally relevant worldwide for DECADES, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, the ONE/DATA campaigns, Product Red, and The Edge's Music Rising which have helped COUNTLESS people.

The most visable member Bono has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, was granted an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II was named as a Person of the Year by Time, among other awards and nominations.

 
Neil Young is a decent songwriter, semi-famous Canadian (a LOT more famous in Canada) with TWO Grammys and overall a WHINY sounding singer with an "old soul"...

yeah.

right.

Bill should play TWENTY U2 songs after this...


Thank f*** there are people like Neil to light the way.
A real old soul.
hope U2 arn't played after this, although that would show the two extremes. Beauty, truth and soul over corporate false pompous shit.
{#Lol} MojoJojo wrote:
Is that Elmo on background vocals?  
 


I probably wrote this before, but when I was in college living at home for the summer, I used to write "Everybody knows this is nowhere" for my return address on letters that I would write to my friends.

Guess that tells everybody how old I am.

Love this song by the way.
The first seconds fooled me into thinking this was an alternate version of "The late Greats" by Wilco... and apparently I'm not the only one hearing a certain similarity

 gatorade wrote:
HOW can this NOT BE A 10???
 
Good point, 9 —> 10.

Happy Canada Day everyone! Keep up the Can Con Bill {#Laughing}
HOW can this NOT BE A 10???
Y'know, I grew up on Neil Young listening to his albums and leaning to play his songs, but in retrospect I now find his compositions and playing style tedious and unimaginative.  Radio Paradise seems to play a disproportionate amount of Neil Young's music.  I'm sorry to say that when I hear his songs, I just can't wait for them to end!  That said, I really love Radio Paradise for the incredible variety of music that they play.  There is excellent music in all styles and tastes and Radio Paradise samples them all.  I've heard to artists that I had forgotten or never heard of.  From Bollywood, to Mancini to George Harrison, to Joe Strummer and Antje Duvekot, you're the reason I still buy music!
Is that Elmo on background vocals?  
Excellent song and album.
This song/album was my first real intro into the world of Neil. Been there ever since.
Won Artist of the Year award last night at the Juno (actually won 3 awards). Juno are Canada's version of the Grammys. Made me want to stand up and sing O Canda.
 buddy wrote:
RP Forum theme song....
 
     {#Lol}...
This is one of those songs that is almost impossible not to sound good no matter who performs it, love all the remakes too!

I hope Bill remembers that Friday is Neil's 65th birthday and dedicates the whole day!!!  {#Sunny}
 NickDanger wrote:
How can you be in two places at once when you're not anywhere at all?
 
Antelope Freeway 1 mile, Antelope 1/2 mile, Antelope Freeway, 1/4 mile, Antelope Freeway, 1/8 mile,..............

The Mother Hips cover this one (and several NY tunes) superbly. They also covered the entire LP at a memorable San Francisco performance some years ago. Check em' out.
A great song off a great lp! {#Music}
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
You know, if you're driving along in your car and this comes on the radio, if you don't find yourself singing along you should check your soul.
 
I've never heard this before. Seems like the odds of hearing it on the radio are pretty slim. I'm not singing. My soul is firmly in place and buckled.

You know, if you're driving along in your car and this comes on the radio, if you don't find yourself singing along you should check your soul.
 grace6697 wrote:
G-O-D.
 
God
Awful
Dribble
{#Clap}

As the man says, 41 years old, and just over 100 comments written about it.  Basement Jaxx's 'Scars' thing is a few months old and about 140 comments on it.

What was i saying about safe?  Tes, let's hear the oldies, the ones like David Bromberg, from our long lost youth, but a bit more cutting edge required please (and yes, look at my top 50 and they are probably all 30 yr old songs!)

This song/album is 41 years old? Man, that's scary.
Still sounds fresh to me.

 NickDanger wrote:
How can you be in two places at once when you're not anywhere at all?
 

oh nicky nick nick, you are such a tool!
 NickDanger wrote:
How can you be in two places at once when you're not anywhere at all?
 
Don't crush that Dwarf. hand me the pliers.

Yep.

 Too repetitive for my tastes. Neil has certainly done better.


How can you be in two places at once when you're not anywhere at all?
Lots of bitchin' going on here!  This is his greatest work.  You can keep everything by NY since before Harvest!  But this is GREAT....back when I could stand listening to his voice!
{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajumprope} NO where How can you be somewhere when you are no where at all?{#Ass}
FUN retro stuff.
Great music is timeless, this sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday. I always think of the Leonard Cohen song Everybody Knows when I hear this song. Both artists are Canadian, but they have spent a lot of time in the US.
 lattalo wrote:
        
Make it stop please!!!!
 
{#Naughty}       Looks like you are getting better!{#Fever}


 lattalo wrote:

Make it stop please!!!!
 
no surprise here. you're a big fan of quadrophenia, the most syrupy over-produced schlock of a one-time rock and rock band.

(is christopher cross on your list of 10s, too? and gordon lightfoot?) 
INDEED

Excelsior?

 lattalo wrote:

Make it stop please!!!!
 

One of anybody's best.
One of his best.
lattalo wrote:

Make it stop please!!!!

Stop putting your fingers down your throat   {#Skull}
A Day Without Internet Radio = Painful
A Day (or week, or month) without Neil Young = Call me crazy, but I think we'd get by
On_The_Beach wrote:
It's a direct reflection of their (lack of) intelligence and taste.
And lattalo list it's occupation as music lover!?!?!?!? Ha! ! !
Speaking as a die-hard Neil Young fan, this isn't doing it for me. I must be having a bad day or something.
This is a great song, but it seems like I hear it all the time on RP. Neil's got about a gabajillion other awesomelly fantastic songs. . .
Neil at his stripped down best. Although he has put out some mighty fine music, in many ways, I think this was his best album. Probably better than anyone, he can take one basic line, like "everybody knows this is nowhere," sing it over and over again, and somehow it does not sound trite or even repetitive. It always sounds meaningful.
lemmoth wrote:
What's with these idiots with the projectile vomiting - grow up people - have an opinion but don't be a jerk.
It's a direct reflection of their (lack of) intelligence and taste.
lattalo wrote:
:puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: Make it stop please!!!!
What's with these idiots with the projectile vomiting - grow up people - have an opinion but don't be a jerk.
Shimmer wrote:
Neil does have some excellent songs, but this isn't one of them. I'll take CSN over Y most days of the week. (And I'll take S over either C or N. Southern Cross is probably the best single piece of music that ever came out of that cohort.)
Neil Young is part of the exclusive Mt.Rushmore of North American Rock n Roll. - Second greatest American songwriter next to Dylan. Steve Stills is a very talented top 25 percentile rock and roll writer, singer, guitarist performer. CSY was a very good band - Graham and David - who were both second bananas in very good bands before - are good harmonizers with some good songs of their own. My friend - methinks you would be very much in the minority of choosing CSY or CSNY over Y.
yes, taken with a bit of cinamon girlStewed_Mulligan wrote:
this was one of the first albums I ever bought......thanks!!
Excellent song! 10 from me!
check out the Dar Williams/Marshall Crenshaw cover, on her "My Better Self" album-- they nail this song!
Shimmer wrote:
Southern Cross is probably the best single piece of music that ever came out of that cohort.)
Not remotely.
Neil does have some excellent songs, but this isn't one of them. I'll take CSN over Y most days of the week. (And I'll take S over either C or N. Southern Cross is probably the best single piece of music that ever came out of that cohort.)
this was one of the first albums I ever bought......thanks!!
The Mother Hips cover this song (and a lot of NY) nicely. They actually performed the entire LP at a NY tribute show in SF a couple/three years back. I was there -it was good.
every hour on the hour, please!! :)
:puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: Make it stop please!!!!
taterflatpicker wrote:
This album may be inspired by the Gods. Well, at least by mid-west ditch weed. One of of my all time favs! Put more in rotation Bill!!
lol! What he said.......... :sunny:
Good song - Great album!
Sid and Susie do a great cover of this.... Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs.
G-O-D.
hahaha....kinda looks like the dog is humping Neil Young's foot on the album cover
comholt wrote:
My first comment after a few years of listening to RP. Mega-flashback to high school, cranking Neil on the tape deck while stuffing a cheesesteak down my throat. Love the "happy" beat of this tune. And the chorus really speaks to a kid growing up in Delaware. Doesn't hurt that it's on the same ablum as Cowgirl in the Sand.
absolutely. one of my alltime favorites.
My first comment after a few years of listening to RP. Mega-flashback to high school, cranking Neil on the tape deck while stuffing a cheesesteak down my throat. Love the "happy" beat of this tune. And the chorus really speaks to a kid growing up in Delaware. Doesn't hurt that it's on the same ablum as Cowgirl in the Sand.
dolfan wrote:
I really like this post. Very human, very real. It's intriguing to hear how people connect with a song. Neil Young is one person I regret never having seen in concert. I'd go way out of my way to see him.
I did see him in Tuscaloosa, AL in 1973. It was his first visit to Alabama, I think, after he released "Southern Man" and "Alabama". The place was packed and of course the audience was tie-dyed and smelling of patchouli (until the lights dimmed and then it was marijuana). There was definitely the hero worship aspect of it all as the audience roared in approval when he finally played "Alabama" ("Southern Man" came later). Neil, however, must have been in one of his notoriously legendary bad moods as he simply played for an hour (no encore), did not speak between songs, and performed all guitar solos with his back to the audience. He was a big disappointment that night. In contrast, two nights later, Crosby and Nash played across state in Auburn, Alabama. They had great interaction with the audience, and at one point David Crosby said something to the effect of, "Stephen (Stills) was right - Auburn sure knows how to party". This was a year after Stills and Manassas had played in Auburn and the band hung around for an extra day to attend football weekend parties. Anyway, I'd love to catch Neil in concert on a good night. Just didn't happen for me in 1973.
oh wow - I'm sitting in a circle of friends on the beach, some of whom are trying hard to play this tune. but, everything sounds better when the waves are crashing in the background and there's a smell of salt in the air...thanks for a wonderful flashback!
BPenni wrote:
VERY bittersweet memories. My second wife and I met in Tokyo at the time this album came out (I was in the service, she was an exchange student); we had a favorite (very small) local coffee shop where the proprietress would put this album on every time we came in for coffee. "Everybody Knows..." sorta became "our song." (sigh) Guess I'll pour another cup...
I really like this post. Very human, very real. It's intriguing to hear how people connect with a song. Neil Young is one person I regret never having seen in concert. I'd go way out of my way to see him.
I've said it before: Neil Young may be God. We could do worse. c.
:sunny: :tongue:
Music Appreciation 320. Assignment: The 6 C's Contrast and compare N.Young's content, commitment and career to that of B.Springsteen.
This album may be inspired by the Gods. Well, at least by mid-west ditch weed. One of of my all time favs! Put more in rotation Bill!!